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After a formal education in design, Vanessa Gardner Nagel worked as a commercial interior designer for 25 years before taking post-graduate coursework in landscape design. She began her own design firm in 2002. Today, she continues to design gardens and writes and speaks as often as possible about garden design.
"Thorough and thoroughly accessible, Nagel's reasoned yet
personable approach to an often intimidating subject will benefit
both homeowners and design professionals." --Booklist
"An excellent guide for beginning home garden designers as well as students in the field." --Library Journal
"For aspiring designers, Nagel, a commercial interior designer who became a landscape designer, details the process of garden design. Using photos and diagrams, she explains aspects like documenting the site, lighting, working with contractors, components of a garden, irrigation, finishes and furnishings, plants, and basic design principles." --Book News
"Everything you need to consider is here." --Green Bay Press-Gazette
"A wonderful handbook for anyone to own." --Garden Design Online
"Details the process of garden design. . . and basic design principles." --SciTech Book News
"Nagel has opened a window into the processes of our closest allies in our professional endeavors." --Williams Landscape Lighting Design